Archive for the ‘Dog Food’ Category

Treats have a place in dog’s diets.  They can be used as a reward when training, as motivation when learning a new trick and not to mention, how happy your dog will be when he gets one.  But today, commercial dog treats are filled with fat, sugar, fillers and chemical flavors.  Of course, adding all those things makes them irresistible.  I have no doubt your dog will do flips, jumps and rolls to get his paws on one of those treats.  Most of these treats have a high calorie count which can turn into obesity.  Especially some of the cheese, bacon and beef snacks.  Obesity in dogs is a growing problem, it can lead to osteoarthritis, it can increase the risk of heart disease and cancer as well as other obesity-related disorders.  There are other commercial dog treats that are better and lower in fat, like dried chicken strips but you need to be careful with those as well.  The U.S Food and Drug Administration has received over 1,800 complaints since 2007 about a variety of these chicken jerky dog treats sickening dogs across the country.  They believe these were manufactured in China.  Look at the way big manufacturers of people food mass produce the things we eat, when you take a close peak you easily find out how gross it is.  If is that bad for people, imagine what our pets get.

The health and well being of our furry friends is our priority.  Our Healthy Dog Treats are made with high quality human-grade ingredients and we leave all of the bad sugars, fillers, chemicals and preservatives OUT!  Each treat is handmade and we make them in small batches to ensure freshness.

Always remember that treats should be part of a healthy dog diet, “A general recommendation is that treats should not make up more than 15% to 20% of the pet’s total diet,” says Sarah Abood, DVM, PhD. That rule holds for commercial treats or people food, says Abood, who is an assistant professor of small animal clinical sciences at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  An one more thing – please don’t forget to read the labels!

Have you ever thought about why your dog scratches his nose, has water eyes or constantly licks a part of his body?  He could be having an allergic reaction to something he has been exposed to.  There are many common allergens but one of the most overlook ones are Wheat, Corn and Soy.  That’s right!  These are one of the biggest culprits of food allergies in dogs.

Wheat, Corn and Soy are some of the most common ingredients used in commercial dog food and treats, these generally are not very good for your dog’s health.  A diet that is high in these ingredients is not really supplying your dog with a complete and balanced meal.  You will be surprised by how many dog treats and food are filled with these.

Dogs with a food allergy most commonly will have itchy skin, gastrointestinal problems or breathing difficulties.  Now, these food allergies can show up at any age.  So if your dog has been feed these ingredients his whole life it doesn’t mean he cannot be allergic to them now.  Doing an elimination diet from these products will more likely determine if your dog has an allergy or not.  If the allergy symptoms persist, you may want to consult a veterinarian.  They can do a physical examination and take a complete history from you to determine the cause.  Your Vet may recommend a skin or blood test, or a special elimination diet.

One of the biggest reasons why our Dog Treats are Wheat, Corn and Soy Free is because we believe our dogs should have a well balanced and healthy treat that is completely free of possible allergens.  We want to make your life easier by simply providing you with a healthy product that is sure to nourish your dog in the right way.

This is one of nature’s perfect vegetables.  Sweet Potatoes, also commonly known as Yams are an excellent staple that can complement our dog’s nutrition.  These deep orange flesh powerhouses offer many benefits.

Sweet potatoes far exceed the nutritional value found in ordinary white and yellow flesh potatoes.  They normally do not cause stomach upset or other digestion problems.  They’re rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.  Also, they help with expelling heavy metals and worms, and are classified as an anti-diabetic food.  They received this title because animal studies have found that sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance. They contain Vitamin A which also protects against emphysema.  The beta-carotene helps the body fight against free radicals, thus helping prevent cancer.  Sweet Potatoes also have Vitamin C and E As if being one of the top vegetable sources of beta-carotene weren’t enough, sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamins C and E, these are potent antioxidant vitamins that play an important role in disease prevention and longevity.  Manganese, a trace mineral is a pivotal component in the metabolism of carbohydrates which helps support healthy blood sugar levels.  That’s not all, the fiber in this great vegetable is almost twice as high as a regular potato.  Copper, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Ironare also in sweet potatoes.  One more thing, did I mention they’re fat free?

Please beware, there are some sweet potato treats being sold out there where the skin has not been removed and one must be cautious as these skins could contain harmful chemicals if moldy.  We remove all skins from our treats as another step to ensure our dogs are not exposed to moldy skins accidentally.

The bottom line is – sweet potatoes are a wonderful vegetable to include in your dog’s diet.  They have a taste dogs can’t resist. This is why we created Sweet Potato Chew and why it will become one of your dog’s favorite treats. .

When animals are slaughtered for human consumption, there are a few things that do not get used for human food which is usually about 50% of the animal.  What’s left from the carcass – bones, head, feet, blood, unborn babies and other parts – these are used in food for dogs as well as other animals, fertilizers, soap and other products.  When you hear the word “by-product” these are the parts they’re talking about.  Big commercial companies use these in their recipes for dog food as well as their dog treats.

Unfortunately it doesn’t stop there.  The way they cook this food and the process they go through strips them away from their nutritional value.  So, what do they do?  They now have to fortify it minerals and vitamins.  Why?  Because the ingredients used in these dog foods are not wholesome and mostly of low quality.  Now, the dog treats and food they make do not taste very good and they have to add many chemicals so they can palatable.  Not to mention, all the additives, emulsifiers, antioxidants and artificial colors and flavor that provide no nutritional value to the dog food; and let’s not forget about the preservatives.  These manufacturers are just trying to make massive amounts of money by using the lowest quality ingredients and manufacturing methods.  They obviously do not care about our beloved pets.

As a pet owner, you should always look for healthier food choices.  Take a trip down the dog food isle so you can boggle your mind by all the wonderful claims dog food makers put on their labels.  There are some manufacturers out there that do care.  Compare the brands of food and dog treats and you will right away notice the healthier choice by looking at the ingredient list.  The bottom line is – all we have to do is read the label.